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WEKU's weekly public affairs program discussing topics and concerns of Central and Southeastern Kentucky, hosted by John Hingsbergen.

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Super Tuesday is behind us, and Kentucky’s Republican caucus takes place on Saturday, March 5th. Meanwhile the General Assembly continues with some very significant and controversial business.  

On this week’s Eastern Standard, we've assembled a reporter's roundtable to talk it over and sort it all out for our listeners.

 

Your questions and comments are welcome before the show at: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com or 859-622-1657.

Or call in when you tune in for EST, Thursday morning at 11:00 on WEKU .

Kentucky Water Safety on Eastern Standard

Feb 24, 2016
Noah Day

  In light of the Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan, questions and concerns over water quality have arisen around the country, even here in Kentucky. On this week's Eastern Standard, we're discussing Kentucky's water quality. Our guests for this week's program are:

Jason Marion - professor or Environmental Health Sciences at Eastern Kentucky University, focusing on water supplies and waste disposal. http://ehs.eku.edu/people/marion

The president of Kentucky State University says his institution cannot withstand funding cuts in Governor Matt Bevin’s budget.

On this week’s EST, we’ll discuss the 130-year-old historically black college, it’s past and current role in the Commonwealth and it’s future in light of the proposed cuts.

Guests:

Sen Chris McDaniel @kychrismcdaniel

This year marks the first legislative session under Governor Matt Bevin, and the first budget year of his administration as well.

A lot of important issues affecting many Kentuckians are making their way into this legislative session. Significant budget cuts, and legislation aimed at addressing issues like abortion, coal, and heroin addiction as well as many other important issues.

This week’s program originates from the State Capitol in Frankfort and with us to discuss some of these issues will be:

A guest on campus at Eastern Kentucky University will talk on the topic: “What If We Live Off Earth: Exploring our Future in Space.”    

On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll meet astronomer, educator and author Chris Impey. Professor Impey will be delivering a talk as part of the EKU Chautauqua Lecture Series.

You’re welcome to join us for a “live” recording of the show at the Hummel Planetarium on the EKU Campus.

  Last year, Kentucky received a grade of "F" from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence for its firearm legislation.  During the 2016 General Assembly, lawmakers have introduced multiple bills that defend the rights of gun owners in the Commonwealth. 

On this week's show, we'll discuss Kentucky's Relaxed Stance on Firearm Regulation. 

Guests:

Joe Kalil, a former military officer & pilot and an NRA certified Concealed Carry Instructor, and the designer of the School POST Program which is designed to mitigate active shooter threats in schools.

Looking at Chautauqua's "What If?" Lecture Series on Eastern Standard

Jan 18, 2016

This year marks the 16th year of EKU’s Chautauqua lecture series, and this years theme is “What If? The series encourages speakers to engage our curiosity and explore possibilities, alternatives, and ideas, while thinking creatively about the future, in light of the past.

On this week’s Eastern Standard we sat down with Eric Liddell, the Coordinator of this lecture series, and talked with him about this series so far. We’ll also have exclusive interviews with speakers from this year’s Chautauqua series, with our host John Hingsbergen.

Guests:

Noah Day

Since September 11th of 2001, many Americans have feared or even shown hatred to practitioners of the religion of Islam. That fear and hatred have also affected members of the Sikh community, a culture in which the men wear beards and turbans and women often cover their heads.

Now a group known as the Interfaith Alliance of the Bluegrass is raising concerns about hate-filled rhetoric and actions against Muslims and Sikhs in Kentucky.

Guests:

Funding for the state's pension system, charter schools, healthcare, and the budget are all topics for this year's session of the General Assembly. On this week's Eastern Standard we'll be discussing the upcoming session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

Guests for this week's program include:

Jack Brammer of the Lexington Herald Leader.

Stu Johnson from our very own WEKU newsroom.

and Jason Bailey Executive Director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Development.

Noah Day

  During 2015, Kentuckians elected and inaugurated a new governor.

The Commonwealth stood at "ground zero" during a struggle over the implementation of same-sex marriage.

Our nation's response to terrorism and the 2016 presidential race dominated national news.

Noah Day

More than half our nation's governors, including Kentucky's new chief executive, oppose allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S. 

On this week's show, we'll discuss the pros and cons of such a position and learn more about the refugee experience.

Guests scheduled: Dr. Minh Nguyen, professor of Philosophy and Director of Asian Studies at Eastern Kentucky University; Anne Marie Vaughn Grisanti, Community Relations and Media Coordinator for Kentucky Refugee Ministries.

Michael Benson, PhD


  It’s been a busy Fall Semester on the  campuses of Eastern Kentucky University. In fact 2015 has been a busy and eventful year in many unusual ways. On this week’s show, we’ll welcome EKU President Michael Benson. We’ll talk about what’s been going on and his views of the future for the school serving Central and Eastern Kentucky and beyond.

As we approach the celebration of Thanksgiving, our nation observes Native American Heritage Month in November.  It's intended as a way of recognizing the contributions of Native Americans and continuing to strengthen government-to-government ties with tribal nations.

On this week's show, we'll welcome the EKU Chautauqua Lecture Series' keynote speaker for Native American Heritage Month, Dr. Anton Treuer. He is Executive Director of the American Indian Resource Center and Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University.

Kentucky governor-elect Matt Bevin has been vocal in his support for so-called "right-to-work" legislation.  On this week's show, we'll discuss the issue as well as the role of labor unions in Kentucky.

Send your questions, comments and personal stories before the show to: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com, post below or on the Facebook page.  You can send a tweet @wekuest or leave a voicemail at 859-622-1657.

The flu season of October 2014 through May 2015 was one of the most severe in recent years. This year’s flu season has kicked off with the first cases being reported in Jefferson and Kenton counties.

On this week’s show, we'll focus on the flu season already upon us and the efforts we can all make to avoid catching the bug.

Guests: Dr. Kraig Humbaugh- Deputy Public Health Commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Public Health.

Phyllis Bryden - Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Administration. 

  Kentucky's "Constitutional Offices" are on the November 2015 ballot.  On Tuesday, voters statewide will elect a new Governor and Lieutenant Governor as well as a Secretary of State, Attorney General, Auditor of Public Accounts, State Treasurer and Commissioner of Agriculture.

On this week’s show we discuss the election with journalists covering the campaigns and the election.

The Breeders’ Cup Championships take place at Keeneland October 30 and 31. However, the horse races are just part of the festivities in Lexington and Central Kentucky.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, the Breeders’ Cup Festival and how Lexington will highlight local culture through local food, music, and celebration of the Commonwealth’s history of horse racing and breeding.

This week's guests: Craig Fravel, President and CEO of Breeders’ Cup Limited;

Kip Cornett, Chairman of the 2015 Keeneland Host Committee;

Noah Day

  Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death and other HEALTH complications in the U.S. and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  On this week’s show, we’ll discuss the growing epidemic, and how we can reverse this trend.

Send us your questions or comments before the show to wekueasternstandard@gmail.com, leave a voice message at 859-622-1657 or call in when you tune in for Eastern Standard. Thursday morning at 11:00.

Noah Day

Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson joins us on this week’s Eastern Standard. http://president.eku.edu/ or feel free to follow him on Twitter @EKUPrez

Other guests include:

Brian Makinen, EKU's Director of Public Safety and Risk. http://ehsrmi.eku.edu/people/makinen-0

According to the Kentucky Distillers Association, about 9,000 people owe their paychecks to the distilling industry which brings in over 300 million dollars in taxes for the state. More than 8,000 people are employed in jobs related to the brewing and distribution of beer.  That industry adds 160 million in tax revenue. 

On this week’s show, an encore of our November 2014 discussion on the impact of Beer and Bourbon in the Bluegrass.

The City of Lexington has approved the relocation of its services for homeless persons. While the move has had some opposition from area businesses, the city’s Director of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention sees it as a major step forward, saying it will provide more convenience for service providers and clients and a higher quality of service. 

  

Homelessness in Central Kentucky is our topic on this week’s Eastern Standard.

Noah Day

In light of recent events related to the issuance of marriage licenses for same-sex couples, separation of church and state has been on the minds of many Kentuckians. On this week's show, we'll discuss Separation of Church and State.

Guests:

Dan Bennett, assistant professor of political science at Eastern Kentucky University, whose research focuses on the intersection of politics, law, and religion in the United States. https://sites.google.com/site/danielrbennett/

  Dr. Dorothy Edwards is passionate about eliminating the problem of sexual violence in our society and specifically on college campuses. On this week's show we'll hear from the author and creator of the Green Dot prevention program and discuss efforts to eliminate sexual violence in Kentucky.

 

More than 43 percent of teens report being bullied online. That’s according to a recent study commissioned by the National Crime Prevention Council. Bullying, online and in-person, has been cited as a cause of teens becoming depressed and physically ill and missing school, even considering suicide.

On this week’s EST, bullying as a Commonwealth problem. We'll spoke with our guests about the harmful effects of bullying, and what's being done to solve this problem.

Guests this week include:

  African Americans were among the first settlers of Kentucky.  Since then, they have played significant roles as builders, entrepreneurs, politicans, doctors, soldiers….and the list goes on and on.

On this week’s show, the new Kentucky African American Encyclopedia.  We’ll meet the people who made it happen and learn some of the facts and stories in this nearly 600-page volume.

Recent allegations against Planned Parenthood have resulted in calls for de-funding the non-profit provider of family planning services.  Among them is Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin.

Groups such as the World Health Organization and the American Medical Association support the idea of needle exchanges as ways of reducing the spread of diseases like hepatitis among drug users.   Such programs distribute clean needles to drug addicts in exchange for dirty needles and encourage addicts to enter treatment programs.

Lately, history and heritage have been on the minds of many here in the south. On this week’s show, we'll discuss Kentucky History. We’ll get to know some of the Commonwealth’s famous historical figures, like Daniel Boone and Henry Clay. What they were like; and what choices did they have to make that made them who they are.

An organization focused on quantifying economic risks and impacts of climate change, Risky Business, is releasing a report this week on its effects on the Southeastern United States, including Kentucky.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, we discuss the projected harmful effects of climate on the Commonwealth.

 

Our guests for this week's program are:

jeancochran.com

  Former NPR newscaster Jean Cochran was our special guest at last years at May 7th reception for WEKU Day Sponsors at Lexington's Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa. Today we revisit that program, which was recorded in front of an audience of WEKU listeners. us for a show recorded before an audience of WEKU listeners.

Jean has been one of America’s most familiar voices to millions of radio listeners for decades as a newscaster on NPR’s Morning Edition.  Her newscasts have aired live on 849 member stations nationwide, heard by nearly 27-million listeners every week.

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